Senior Honors Thesis Projects from 2021-2022

Saachi's Thesis:

The Silenced Voices: The Experiences of Young Queer Survivors of Sexual Violence from India

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to find common patterns between the experiences of young queer survivors of sexual violence from India through qualitative data analysis with the goal of decolonising the current literature in the field of queer peoples’ experiences of sexual violence. There is currently no data available regarding the post-victimisation experiences of queer survivors of violence. The study aims to create the groundwork for establishing interventions rooted in the realities of a silent, and silenced population.

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Saachi Khandpur

Saachi Khandpur is an international student and a senior at Mount Holyoke College. She is majoring in Psychology and Politics with a Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. She is interested in working with survivors of sexual violence who are also LGBTQ+ people, especially people of colour (POC) transnationally. In her free time, she likes to write, listen to music, and watch films (especially Bollywood films!).

Kelly's Thesis:

Layers of Invisibility: Bisexual+ Asian American Women's Experiences and Perspectives on Identity and Intersectionality

Purpose

This research is a qualitative interview study that intends to explore the experiences and perspectives of bisexual+ Asian American women in terms of their identity and the different intersections of their identities. Existing literature suggests that individuals of multiple minority identities are subject to increased marginalization compared to individuals with fewer or one minority identity. However, there has yet to be research that focuses on bisexual+ Asian American women, despite the growing number of studies on LGBTQ+ individuals, Asian Americans, and women. The study aims to address this gap in literature by gaining insight on how bisexual+ Asian American women experience, perceive, and connect to each of their identities and the different intersections of their identities.

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Kelly Lam

​Kelly Lam (she/they) is a senior at Mount Holyoke College and is double majoring in Psychology and Statistics. She is also a double student liaison for both the Psychology & Education and Mathematics/Statistics departments. Kelly is interested in applying social justice and positive social change to their research. Their research interests mainly revolve around identity and the intersection of identities, and these include the mental health and wellbeing of marginalized communities, particularly pertaining to racial, gender, and sexual minorities. Outside of research and academics, Kelly is also involved with Asian/American Students In Action, otherwise known as AASIA. During Kelly's free time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, sending letters to their friends, and making boba.

Hannah's Thesis:

Will We Ever Belong? Transnational Adoptees Lived Experiences

Purpose

This study is a mixed-methods study that aimed to research if feelings of social belongingness, cultural isolation, and exposure to racism significantly impact transnational adoptees' mental health. Specifically, Hannah has been investigating the questions: how do transnational adoptees perceive their personal exposure to racism as related to their social belongingness, and do transnational adoptees perceive themselves as being culturally isolated? While there has been quite a bit of past research done on Asian Americans, very few studies so far have looked at transnational adoptees specifically. Asian adoptees are often overlooked and underrepresented in research because they fail to fall into specific ethnicity categories, and adoptees have such a lack of identity due to their lived experiences. This study is different from past studies because it not only had a different target population, but it also looked at social belongingness, cultural isolation, and exposure to racism and their interactions. It is common in past research to look at one of these topics by itself, but there is merit of looking at them together. This study brings awareness to Asian transnational adoptees and how they go through hardships very specific to adoptees, and hopefully, it will shine a light on how there are barely any support systems in place to help adoptees deal with racism, isolation, and a deterioration in mental health.

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Hannah Middleton

Hannah is a senior at Mount Holyoke double majoring in Psychology and Statistics. She is interested in the mental health of adoptees, the mental and physical aftermath of children in custody battles, and the social belongingness of LGBTQ+ people of minorities. Hannah is a member of the varsity tennis team at Mount Holyoke. In her free time, she loves reading fiction, listening to music, and watching videos of corgis, bunnies, and manatees. 

Below is Hannah's recruitment flyer! It is no longer in use, but feel free to admire it or to reach out to Hannah about her thesis study.